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Iron Mountain in Dickinson County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Dickinson County / Dickinson County Courthouse and Jail

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, May 11, 2017
1. Dickinson County Marker
Inscription.
Dickinson County
In 1873, John Lane Buell exposed one of the richest deposits of iron ore in the world. His discovery, known as the Menominee Iron Range, led to the development of the area and the subsequent creation of Dickinson County in 1891. The last of Michigan’s eighty-three counties to be organized, it was named for Donald M. Dickinson, a prominent Detroit attorney and the postmaster general in the first administration of President Grover Cleveland (1885-1889). Three of Michigan’s largest iron mines were located in Iron Mountain, which had an abundant supply of water power and was served by two major railroads. Iron Mountain became a center of commerce and distribution for the range and was the natural location for the county seat once the county organized.

Dickinson County Courthouse and Jail
This Richardsonian Romanesque courthouse, erected in 1896-97, is constructed of rock-faced brick, trimmed with Portage Entry sandstone. James E. Clancy, a locally recognized architect who specialized in planning public buildings on the Menominee Iron Range, designed the courthouse. County offices opened here only five years after Dickinson County was created by act of the Michigan State Legislature. The jail, designed to complement the larger structure, originally had thirty-four cells for male prisoners,
Dickinson County Courthouse and Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 11, 2017
2. Dickinson County Courthouse and Jail Marker
and two wards for juvenile and female prisoners on the first floor, with the sheriff’s quarters on the first and second floors. County offices moved into the building in 1892.
 
Erected 2000 by Michigan Historical Center, Department of State. (Marker Number L0563.)
 
Location. 45° 48.984′ N, 88° 3.885′ W. Marker is in Iron Mountain, Michigan, in Dickinson County. Marker is at the intersection of South Stephenson Avenue (U.S. 2) and East C Street, on the right when traveling north on South Stephenson Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 705 S Stephenson Ave, Iron Mountain MI 49801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carnegie Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robert C. Hoyle (approx. 0.3 miles away); Maria Santissima Immacolata di Lourdes / Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Ardis Furnace (approx. 1.6 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. County Courthouse
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Dickinson County / Dickinson County Courthouse and Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 11, 2017
3. Dickinson County / Dickinson County Courthouse and Jail Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2017, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 24, 2017, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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